The move to Los Angeles has brought a lot of changes to the Rams beyond just the name. There is new interest in the team, A Hard Knocks series in the summer and a shiny new quarterback to play with. What it doesn’t bring is extra roster space or cap funds. Meaning the Rams are going to have to make some tough choices before the start of the season. So who might be missing out when the cuts come down?
Benny Cunningham, RB
When you have Todd Gurley the initial thought is that you don’t need anyone else, he is a beast designed to run through and around defenders. But you always need a backup or two in case of a rainy day, or a busted knee. Cunningham is an ok running back, but so is Tre Mason who is also fine. Then there are the four new-comers to the Rams roster as undrafted rookies as well, so competition for the spot behind Gurley will be strong. Cunningham’s issue is that the Rams can save $1.3 million if they cut him. That’s a nice chunk of change.
Case Keenum, QB
Speaking of a nice chunk of change, when you draft a quarterback 1st overall keeping an expensive backup is not really necessary. While the Rams might want to start Nick Foles or Case Keenum in week one they’ll be going to Jared Goff sooner rather than later, so keeping both of them doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. While Keenum may be a hair better than Foles he is $9.75 million cheaper to get rid of, and that in the end should be too tempting to pass.
Stedman Bailey, WR
The Rams have an awful lot of ok wide receivers. That has it’s benefits but with Bailey he’s barely reached the plateau of “ok”. In his 3 years with the Rams he hasn’t hit 1,000 receiving yards, TOTAL. That’s a very disappointing return for a 3rd round pick in 3 years. With the Rams able to save a tidy $700,000 on cutting Bailey while maintaining decent depth at the position it really feels like a no brainer.